Celebrated as a gourmand’s delight, Kolkata is home to one of the richest culinary traditions. Owing to its savoury seafood, appetising meat, traditional Bengali desserts, and several other ingenious recipes, Kolkata has become the most sought after food destination in the country.
So whether you are backpacking or spending your holidays in one of the best luxury hotels in Kolkata, the one thing that you can’t miss is Kolkata’s rich cuisine. To explore the opulence of Kolkata’s culinary competence, here is the compiled list of delicacies that the city has to offer.
1. Traditional Culinary Marvels
- Macher Jhol (Fish curry)
Bengalis just love their fish and they pour out the same love while preparing one of the most popular curries in the region – macher jhol. Fish steaks dipped in piquant gravy prepared along with potatoes and tomatoes and seasoned with mustard paste and green chilli, macher jhol can never possibly disappoint your taste buds. Best relished with rice, this luscious Bengali dish is also renowned for its rich gastronomical lineage.
- Kosha Mangsho ( Mutton curry)
Kosha mangsho is one of the oldest Bengali dishes. This hearty mutton curry is prepared with mutton in onion-ginger-garlic gravy and topped with a lot of natural spices. The dense brown colour adds to the zesty awesomeness of this authentic Bengali dish.
Although Bengali cuisine is well-known for its prominent non-vegetarian dishes, there is no dearth of vegetarian dishes as well. Shukto, with its intricate layers of taste, is prepared by using a plethora of vegetables including potato, pumpkin, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, etc. with creamy milky gravy. Its unique concoction of the sweet and bitter makes you want it more.
2. Kolkata’s sweet tooth
Be it the spongy-soft cottage cheese ball soaked in sticky syrup – the legendary roshogolla or the creamy sweetened yoghurt known as the mishthidoi , the sweet delicacies of Kolkata are bound to melt your taste buds and heart, alike. Another famous sweet confection from Kolkata that will satisfy your sweet tooth with its scrumptiousness is sondesh. If you want to consider some sweetness as your evening snack, nothing impresses as much as cham-cham. They are often served in boat-shaped plates, hence their nickname, ‘pleasure-boats’.
3. Taste of streets
A visit to Kolkata is certainly incomplete if you don’t try the lip-smacking street food. From savoury light bites such as singara (a type of samosa) to the puchkas, Kolkata’s very own variant of gol gappas. Puchka is set apart by its lightness and the unique flavours of Bengali spices. Another important street food of Kolkata is jhalmuri. Your best companion for munching, jhalmuri can easily be found at every local corner of the city.
Whether you are specific about trying the culinary wonders of Bengali cuisine at the top 10 restaurants in Kolkata like Alfresco or The Legacy Grill at The LaLiT Grand Eastern Kolkata or you simply want to explore the local streets to satiate your zesty cravings, you are going to be amazed by the prowess of this old city when it comes to serve you its gastronomic delights.